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Norman Butcher FSMAE 1928 - 2017

Norman Butcher FSMAE; 15.10.1928 – 13.08.2017   It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Norman Butcher FSMAE at the age of 89. A prolific and successful aeromodeller, Norman always had two ambitions, the first being to earn a living from the model trade and the second to achieve success in competition. He succeeded magnificently in both. Coming through the then traditional routes of glider and rubber power in the 1940s, he moved on to i.c. power, creating many of his own...
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Government Publishes Consultation on the Safe Use of Drones in the UK

The Department for Transport (DfT) has now published the outcome of their consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK.  The document can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/631638/unlocking-the-uks-high-tech-economy-consultation-on-the-safe-use-of-drones-in-the-uk-government-response.pdf The document has evidently caused some concern within the model flying community and has set some ‘hares running’.  As such, I thought that it would ...
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2017 Payload Challenge Results and Gallery

The results from the 2017 Schools and Universities Payload Challenge Contests are available from the Payload Challenges Website at http://payloadchallenge.bmfa.org/2017-results A full report of the contests will appear in an upcoming BMFA News.   Videos and other information is also available from the Payload Challenge Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/BMFAPayload/  
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BILL DRAPER 1934 - 2017

It is my sad duty to report the passing of a great model flyer,friend and club mate,  Bill Draper. Bills achievements in F2B were. legendary. With his own design Superhawk He won the gold trophy at The British Nationals 9 times.Was British Team member in F2B over 3 decades and became European champion in1989 For these achievements he was awarded,The certificate of Merit.at the Royal Aero Club. He was a great supporter of CLAPA and in co-operation with John Hamilton of The Belfast Club formed...
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Update on EASA regulations

NPA 2017-05(A) Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) began the process to create a regulatory framework for the operation of drones in 2015, when in August they published the A-NPA 2015/10 – “Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones”.  This document appeared to offer a number of concessions and safeguards to avoid a negative impact on the long established activity of model flying.  Europe Air S...
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